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Terex TW140 Mobile Excavator

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  697
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  July 2009

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The TW140 Mobile Excavator.
Terex box.
With the blade down you can shove the dirt.
Detailed boom and bucket.
Outriggers folded up. Detailed wheel hub.
Loaded on a Nooteboom Pendel X.
The Terex TW140 is a wheeled mobile excavator , with a maximum dig depth of 5.5m.  It is often used in road works and drainage works, where the wheels provide greater site mobility than crawler tracks, and they do not damage the road surface.  It weighs around 15t.


The model comes in a small box in the standard Terex style and it is snugly held between expanded polystyrene trays.  The model is fully assembled when removed from the box.  There were no defects or missing parts on the review model.

No information is provided about the real machine.


The model has a high level of detail.  The treaded tyres look very convincing mounted on the metal hubs, and at one end of the chassis is the stabiliser beam, which is all metal, and at the other end is a blade.

One of the highlights of this model is the well detailed cab.  The tinted windows and raised frames contribute to a pleasing effect, and inside there is a steering wheel, seat and control levers.  On the outside there are mirrors and lights on the cab, and there is also a mirror on the grab rail which is a nice addition.  Attached to the undercarriage are two distinctive silver wheel chocks, one either side.  Even though these are not removable, they add further interest to the model.

The casting of the body is very good, with grilles over the engine area being nicely shaped, and some nice metal handrails.  The boom is also well cast and detail is enhanced with very fine rubber hydraulic pipes although they are a little delicate.  The bucket is nicely formed with sharp teeth.


The body turns smoothly on the undercarriage and the rear blade can be raised and lowered easily. 

The front wheels can be steered to a good lock. 

The stabilisers can be moved into position and they support the weight of the model and remain stable.

A full range of boom movement is possible.


The model is high quality and is made mostly of metal.  The paintwork and graphics are to the usual high NZG standard.


The model is reasonably priced and good value.


NZG have produced a high quality model for Terex.  This compact model would be a nice addition to any collection.


The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2008.  A later version of this model appeared as the Atlas 140W,
NZG model 837.
Resting nicely in the tray.
Detailed operator's cab.
Rear view.  The handrails are metal.
Something you might see on a road project.  The TW140 loading a TA40 Articulated Truck.  Not for bulk earthworks, but tidying operations.
Travelling mode.